Grapes of Wrath In order to get to California, men would sell many belongings for money and more capacity in the truck. "The men were ruthless because the past had been spoiled, but the women knew how the past would cry to them in the coming days." (Page 86) Many properties were destroyed and sold just to have a slight amount of pocket change. "A few pots to cook and wash in, and mattresses and comforts, lantern and buckets, and a piece of canvas. Use that for a tent." (Page 88) After selling everything valuable, with or without a car, people would make the stretch to California.